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Reaction: Department of Health commit to increasing medical school numbers

BMA medical students committee co-chair Harrison Carter “It’s reassuring that the government is committed to increasing access to medical school for...

We’ve seen mob ignorance at its worst in the sad and sorry saga of Charlie Gard

As the sad and sorry saga of little Charlie Gard limps to its inevitable conclusion it is time to reflect on some of the issues it has raised. I persona...

“Patients deserve to know how and under what circumstances their personal data may be used”

The Government has published its response to the public consultation into the National Data Guardian for Health and Care's and Care Quality Commission's da...

Why does the life of the born have so much more value than that of the unborn?

I must admit to being totally baffled by contemporary society. The story of poor little Charlie Gard is front page news throughout much of the world. Ov...

Decline in clinical academics will compromise NHS’ ability to improve quality

The Medical Schools Council report is worrying and bears out the feedback from our trainee members. They tell us that there is a shortage of Clinical Se...

Government must listen to doctors and take action over NHS rota gaps

For years, the BMA has argued that rota gaps are a serious threat to patient safety, to the education and training junior doctors receive and to the morale...

Don’t ignore the risk of PTSD for clinicians involved in tragic events

It has truly been a horrific year so far with the Manchester bomb, the London terrorist attacks, and culminating in the dreadful Grenfell Tower fire. In...

New government must work cooperatively to address crisis in NHS

On a day where figures show that more patients are waiting longer for treatment, it is clear that the next government must make the NHS a priority and that...

General Election: difficult to compare the political parties’ NHS funding promises

You might think that comparing the parties’ offers on the funding of the NHS would be a straightforward job. Surely nothing more than a little arithmetic...

Health experts’ reaction to the Tory manifesto pledges on NHS and social care

Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive, Nuffield Trust “We welcome this manifesto’s commitment to the principles of a comprehensive National Health Service....

Politicians must not forget NHS as Brexit takes centre stage in general election

Reaction to the Health Foundation’s warning that waiting times for many NHS urgent and emergency services in England are the worst for five years:  ...